Zara met Daniel met when he came to dance at her Ballet School in Canberra, Australia. The wedding itself was inspired by their latest trip to Italy after they had fallen in love with the Tuscan countryside. They chose The Stones venue because it reminded them of Italy and incorporated soft pinks and rose gold into their color palette (a new “blush and bashful?!” — I hope so!).
Zara had two dresses made by a designer in Russia sight unseen and they turned out so well. Whatever you do, don't miss the groom's gorgeous pink suit and the bride's filigree rose gold leaf heels.
Read on for more from Zara on how their rose gold ballet wedding near Melbourne all went down…
My gown was made in Russia by a beautiful designer, Milva, who I found online following my first local dress fitting, after which I felt a tad despondent about how much I'd have to alter all the dresses I tried on in order to even remotely resemble and reflect my taste. When I searched on Pinterest to find more of what I was after, I came across a gorgeous design. It took hours to locate this picture to the designer but finally I managed to track down the website and immediately got in contact with her via email.
After seeing her range of very unique and stunning dresses, it was so hard to choose the exact one for me, especially as I wasn't able to try any of them on. But Milva was able to describe each of the dresses I loved and how I would feel in them on the day. She also asked me lots of questions about the setting of the venue so she could picture exactly what I was after. I finally made a decision to purchase a beautiful soft pink gown with a milk lace overlay. The dress felt very elegant to wear and the quality of the fabrics were divine. As I wanted to dance all night, I also decided to get a very pretty and more fun short wedding dress made by the same designer.
As for my husband's attire, he has been an Arthur Gallan fan for some time, and he was beside himself when he inadvertently walked up the stairs of a ‘local tailor shop' in a little side street in Toorak near the same corner of Arthur's boutique store to then be greeted by Arthur himself. Daniel couldn't say no and the rest is now history. He wore a stunning tailor-made pink suit designed and made by Arthur himself with fabrics ordered from Russia and Italy to complement the wedding dress.
Personalized vows make for a very special and emotional moment that you and your guests could never forget given the verity of words coupled with a moment of raw emotions that just cannot be anticipated. We would also love to especially thank Rick Liston, Andrew Redman, Nick and team from Rutherford Entertainment, Victoria Jade, Milva and Arthur Gallan, for going above and beyond in so many ways and bringing our dreams for this wonderful special day to fruition. Given our line of work and the number of hours we commit, we are not often ‘out there' kind of people, however, these wonderful people truly made us feel comfortable and worthy of the attention that such a day bestows on you.
A great wedding is made up all those who special and who love and support you. And for this we would also like to acknowledge all our family and friends who very presence contributed to such an amazing day and evening.
Stationery: Giant Invitations • Photographer: Rick Liston • Videography: Michael Braun, friend of the couple • Celebrant/Officiant: Andrew Redman • Florist: Victoria Whitelaw • Dresses: Milva Russia • Shoes: Ralph and Russo • Styling: by the couple, Zara and Daniel • Groomsmen’s suits: Arthur Galan • Hair: Sammy Fyfe • Makeup: Victoria Jade • Ceremony venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley (Chapel) • Reception venue & catering: Stones of the Yarra Valley (the Barn) • Cake: Miss Lady Bird Cakes, Melbourne • Entertainment: Saxophonist and DJ from Rutherford Entertainment